Thai iced tea

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Thai iced tea
Thai iced tea

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Thai iced tea

Thai iced tea is a popular iced drink hailing from Thailand
Thai iced tea is a popular iced drink hailing from Thailand

Thai Iced Tea (also known as Thai Tea) is a popular iced drink hailing from Thailand, commonly found in Thai restaurants.  The deep amber color of the tea and its milk-tinted upper layer make this beverage really stand out on your table, and the combination of strongly-brewed tea, dairy and sugar make it a perfect complement to hot weather and spicy food.

Thai Tea is is made from strongly-brewed black tea, often spiced with ingredients such as star anise, crushed tamarind, cardamom, and occasionally others as well (often making this beverage a favorite among masala chai tea fans). This brew is then sweetened with sugar and condensed milk, and served over iced.  For the sake of flavor, consistency and visual appeal, glasses of Thai Tea are usually topped with additional dairy, such as evaporated milk, whole milk, half and half, or coconut milk.

How to make

Making Thai tea
Making Thai tea

Ingredients:
3/4 Cup black tea leaves
star anise, ground tamarind, cardamom and/or other spices, to taste (optional)
6 Cup boiling water
1/2 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup sweetened condensed milk
1 Cup evaporated milk (most traditional), whole milk, half and half, or coconut milk

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Directions:
1) Steep the tea leaves (and any optional spices) in the water for 5 minutes, then remove the tea leaves from the water (either by removing the infuser you’re using, or by straining the water to remove the leaves if loose).
2) While the tea is still hot, stir in sugar until dissolved, then stir in condensed milk.
3) Allow tea mixture to cool to room temperature or colder.
4) Fill tall iced tea glasses with ice, and pour in tea mixture until glasses are roughly 3/4 full.
5) Slowly top off glasses with evaporated milk, whole milk or coconut milk, but do not stir (final dairy should remain primarily as its own layer at the top of the glass).